Choice Options


Magnets and Other Choice Option Program

Available for students in grades K-8, the district's Choice Options provide learning opportunities that are significantly different from our traditional programs, while meeting the same standards and requirements as other schools within the district.

See Choice Options Guiding Principles

Select a school or program for additional information:

Application Process and Guidelines:

  • Interested parents are strongly encouraged to attend parent information meetings and tours for the schools in which they are interested.
  • Applications are available at each school.
  • Students may only apply to ONE magnet school. If multiple applications are filed, all applications will be eliminated from the lottery. (Students may apply to a magnet school and to the Spanish Dual Immersion Program and/or a charter school.)

Amity Creek Magnet at Thompson School

Amity Creek entrance

Principal: Andy Slavin
Enrollment: 175 students

About Program:

The word amity means belonging, cooperation, togetherness and goodwill. This description builds the cornerstones for our lives at school as we emphasize community, choice-making, acceptance, risk-taking and the celebration of our social, emotional and academic journeys. Amity Creek at its core is a family.

Amity Creek is rooted in a sense of community and is a place where parents, children and staff are all valued and respected. The days at Amity Creek begin with Community Time, in which students, staff and parents gather together to celebrate the start of the day.

Amity Creek emphasizes academics and achieving high standards, while also helping kids develop social and emotional skills. Students learn they have a voice and advocate for their own learning and growing. Children are encouraged to take risks as they learn how to make good choices for themselves and their community.

The classrooms are designed to honor the community feeling, as students work at small group tables or gather together on risers to share and learn. Students and staff at Amity all know each other's names and students call staff members by their first names. Students have several choice times throughout the day to mix between grade levels. Rather than giving grades, teachers create an end-of-the-year narrative for each student that includes information on academic and social, emotional growth.

Finding a good fit: Amity Creek is a good fit for parents and children who want a school with a close-knit community. Amity parents help support the school in many ways big and small. The goal of family engagement is to foster a true sense of community.

Contact: 541-355-2800; 437 NW Wall St., Bend; Amity website

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Highland Magnet at Kenwood School

Principal: Brian Kissell
Enrollment: 292 students

About Program:

Highland focuses on strong academic fundamentals and is committed to ensuring students reach their highest academic potential, with an emphasis on direct instruction in core subjects. Students develop strong basic skills in reading, writing and math. For a dedicated part of each day, students also learn through the Scottish Storyline Method. This innovative learning approach, which has been used internationally for more than 40 years, is continually adapted and updated to meet current standards. During each Storyline, students create a setting, become characters and solve problems as incidents in the story unfold. For example, students might become astronauts of the future with a mission to colonize Mars, create and operate a bakery or become pioneers on the Oregon Trail. The learning is hands-on and requires cooperative learning as students collaborate and work together.

Finding a good fit: Highland is a particularly good fit for students who are inquisitive and curious, as students can explore their interests to the fullest through open-ended Storyline activities. The school appreciates a high level of parent involvement in support of Storyline and all Highland activities.

Contact: 541-355-1900; 701 NW Newport Ave., Bend; Highland website

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Juniper Elementary School

    Principal: Dan Wolnick
    Enrollment: 565 students

    About: Juniper is Bend-La Pine Schools technology magnet.

    Our vision is to create a learning environment that uses best practices and 21st Century tools to support academic excellence and create future-ready students. Juniper is a learning community of children, staff and parents that enhances student’s lives by engaging them in meaningful learning experiences through the integration of technology. These experiences empower the students to become creative, productive, socially responsible, life-long learners and problem solvers who successfully contribute to a culturally diverse and technologically evolving society. Technology will be the vehicle by which students can reach their optimal learning. We believe that using technology will maximize student engagement, increase feedback for growth, extend differentiation and prepare our students for the changing future. Many students have digital tools through the Bend-La Pine Schools digital conversion initiative. Juniper’s vision and goals are driven by technology. We spend many hours on professional training and development in technology to increase our “tech fluency” which translates to best practices in instruction. This effort directly benefits our students. In 2015, Juniper was named a Model School by the Oregon Department of Education for our academic growth and received a Level Five, the highest rating, on our school report card. Juniper is also an Apple Distinguished School and currently has one Apple Distinguished Educator on staff, in addition to the 2016 Oregon Teacher of the Year.

    Finding a good fit: If your child loves technology and wants to be using tech as a tool for their learning on a day-to-day basis, then Juniper is a place for them.

    Contact: 541-355-1800; 1300 NE Norton Ave., Bend; Juniper website

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    Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School

      Principal: Roger White
      Enrollment: 152 students

      About: REALMS (Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School) is a magnet school in Bend-La Pine Schools serving approximately 150 sixth through eighth grade students who seek a school where academically rigorous curriculum meets active teaching methods. Our expanded definition of student achievement, drawn from our work with EL Education, goes beyond the traditional mastery of knowledge and skills. At REALMS, students become young adults of character who possess the ability to produce high quality work through a curriculum that focuses on real world, interdisciplinary and problem-based learning, frequent fieldwork and authentic stewardship/service.

      Students at REALMS are immersed in curriculum that brings content to life through in-depth studies leading to high levels of academic achievement for all students. Units of curriculum start with guiding questions and progress through a carefully sequenced set of standards-aligned lessons that connect to real-world problems, involve students in original research and critical thinking and often lead students into the field to collect data, participate in service, or in some way experience the application of their learning. Learning expeditions at REALMS are often inter-disciplinary in nature and culminate in an event in which students share high quality work with an audience more "real and inspiring” than the refrigerator door.

      Finding a good fit: At REALMS, we value diversity in our student body. REALMS is often a good fit for students who enjoy learning in a community that emphasizes collaboration, determination and a willingness to step outside one’s comfort zone. Because fieldwork is an important component of learning at REALMS, students who enjoy venturing outside the classroom to learn (including multi-night trips) often make the easiest transition to REALMS.

      Contact: 541-322-5323; 63175 OB Riley Road, Bend; REALMS website

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      Spanish Dual Immersion Program

      Bear Creek Elementary School and High Desert Middle School

        About Program:

        Bend-La Pine Schools offers a Spanish Dual Immersion program located at Bear Elementary School and High Desert Middle School. Students enrolled in this program learn to become fluent in Spanish and English and learn to appreciate other cultures.

        At both Bear Creek and High Desert, the Spanish dual immersion program is a strand within the school that involves some classrooms at each grade level. Beginning in kindergarten, students receive academic instruction in Spanish and English, with the goal of creating bilingual learners.

        The rigorous curriculum matches the content taught throughout Bend-La Pine Schools; the only difference is that dual immersion students learn in both Spanish and English. About 80 percent of the instruction in kindergarten takes place in Spanish, and 20 percent takes place in English. This ratio gradually changes over time and by fifth grade, instruction is evenly split between Spanish and English.

        The student population is divided equally between native Spanish and native English speakers. The research-based program allows Spanish-speaking students to learn English, while also retaining their home language. English-speaking students acquire Spanish at no cost to their academic achievement. The schools celebrate their multicultural atmosphere with the goal of creating global citizens who are bilingual and bi-literate.

        Finding a good fit: Families should be ready to embrace the bilingual and bicultural nature of the program.

        Contact: Kinsey Martin; Bear Creek website; High Desert website

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        Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School

        Principal: Wendy Winchel
        Enrollment: 279 students (196 in grades K-5; 83 in grades 6-8)

        About Program: Westside Village Magnet School is a nurturing, stimulating and democratic learning environment. We are a true community, driven and united by our belief—all children can be academically successful, happy, hopeful, contributing community members. We inspire our students and parent community to be engaged, thriving citizens, striving together to make the future a better place. We personalize learning by meeting children wherever they are, and helping them to realize their infinite potential. We empower our students to think and advocate for themselves and others. We learn together by engaging in real world projects that help us become stewards of our community, the earth and its diverse cultures.

        Our community is passionate about understanding the diverse needs of our learners. We are an inclusive mixed age K-8 school. Students are not boxed into individual grades or labels; they are fluidly and flexibly grouped throughout the day in a highly structured, well thought out, purposeful and meaningful way. Students are encouraged to solve rigorous real life problems by applying critical and creative thinking across the curriculum.

        Students at Westside Village are encouraged to participate in a democratic school in a variety of ways. As they grow, they take on more leadership roles. For example, students may write proposals to solve problems, start new activities, help people in need or aid community issues. The school also focuses on community service and the outside environment. Ultimately, the goal of this approach is to help students learn to advocate for themselves, each other, our natural world and create a world in which they aspire to live.

        Finding a good fit: Parents whose children attend Westside Village engage in the community, appreciate innovation and are prepared to engage in an education environment that is likely different than what they experienced as children.

        Contact: 541-355-2000; 1101 NW 12th St., Bend; Westside website

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        Other Choice Options

        Bend International School

        International focused charter school

        About: This publicly-funded K-8 charter school is focused on diversity with an international focus.

        Contact: 541-797-7038; 63020 O.B. Riley Road, Bend; BIS website

        Buckingham Elementary School

        Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Focus School

        About: Staff at Buckingham focus on integrating science, technology, engineering and math into the school day. The school's goal is to create creative problem solvers. Buckingham also works to bring scientists and other professionals into classroom, while also having kids engage in field learning.

        Contact: 541-355-2600; 62569 Hamby Road, Bend; Buckingham website

        Desert Sky Montessori Charter School

        Bend-La Pine School's newest charter opens for 2017-18 school year

        About: This publicly-funded K-3 charter school will be located in Bend and follow the teachings of Maria Montessori.

        Contact: 541-350-2090; Desert Sky website

        Elk Meadow Elementary School

        Integrated Arts Focus School

        About: The big theme for Elk Meadow is learning through the arts. Students don't just create art, they learn a variety of subjects through the arts, with the goal of having students use both sides of their brains.

        Contact: 541-355-1500; 60880 Brookswood Blvd, Bend;Elk Meadow website

        Pilot Butte Middle School

        International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

        About: Pilot Butte is authorized to offer the IB's Middle Years Programme. Students must take art, a second language and a design course. Classes include a global perspective and students focus on community service, both locally and internationally.

        Contact: 541-355-7400; 1501 NE Neff Road, Bend; Pilot Butte website

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        Parents wishing to send their children to a non-magnet school in another attendance area must fill out an Attendance Area Change Request form by March 1.